Letitia’s personal account of their special day follows their photos below…
WHERE WAS IT? We went to an amazing wedding in Hales Hall Barn a few years back and loved it so knew it was the only venue for us as soon as we got engaged!
THE THEME/STYLE: We didn’t really have a pre defined style although I guess looking back it was a relaxed country feel. It was really important to us that our guests felt like they could let their hair down and have a good time in a relaxed but still beautiful setting. The candles and grandeur of Hales Hall defined the style and we went from there!
BRIDE’S DRESS: Maggy by Modeca. JS Couture in Baker St, London were just brilliant in helping me with my dress. They customised it for me and helped make it my own. I loved every minute of trying it on during the fittings – like playing dress up all over again!
BRIDE’S SHOES: Jimmy Choos! If there’s one time in your life that you can use the excuse of needing a new pair of shoes this is it!
JEWELLERY/ACCESSORIES: My necklace was a gift given to me on the morning from hubby-to-be, and earrings were an anniversary present from Tiffanys a few years earlier.
HAIR: Emily from Example in Norwich came out to our house on the morning of the wedding.
MAKEUP: Ngaire Harrington also came out to our house on the morning of the wedding. Both Emily and Ngaire fitted in perfectly in the morning and worked their magic turning us all into princesses.
BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES: The adult bridesmaid dresses were from Alfred Angelo from Bride-All in Newmarket. The flower girl dresses were from John Lewis and Debenhams with custom matching sashes made by the mother of the bride!
WEDDING RINGS: We both had plain bands from Winsor Bishop in Norwich
GROOM/GROOMSMEN’S ATTIRE/COLOURS: The groomsmen wore grey tails from Jeff Banks at Debenhams.
FLOWERS: The bouquets were a mixture of crème de la crème roses, hydrangeas, lavender and ivory lisianthus from Fresh and Silk Flowers in Beccles. The mens buttonholes were a single rose whilst the ladies corsages were ivory lisianthus. The flowergirls carried a hyndrangea head with some greenery wrapped in a ribbon. Fresh and Silk Flowers were great in helping us choose the flowers – neither of us knew much about flowers or really had any idea or what we wanted so their guidance was invaluable.
WEDDING PLANNER: Sarah Softley from Softley Events was a saviour on the day and coordinated all the moving pieces so we could relax and enjoy ourselves!
STATIONERY/INVITATIONS: We hand made save-the-date fridge magnets, and the invites, menu and order of service were printed by Michael Egan Associates who were very patient guiding us through the formalities of what need to be said where and how. They even helped design a “Whisky Bar Tasting Guide” to go alongside the boys bar I had put together for Nick as a wedding present on the day itself
WEDDING FAVORS/BONBONNIERE: Wedding favours were little pots of honey from the mother of the bride’s bees!
HONEYMOON: An amazing two-and-a-bit weeks in the sunny Caribbean.
EXTRA DETAILS… We hired two beautiful cars from Style and Grace. They were brilliant and coordinated the journey with military precision. If they hadn’t turned up early and given us 30 mins warning we would have been far later than we were! They also drove us away at the end of the night, complete with champers, strawberries, glow sticks and cans! We asked the HeHews to play for us whilst the drinks reception was going on – we’d seen them busking in Norwich and thought they summed up the vibe we wanted on our wedding day – a bit of fun and laughter! They were great and really started off the celebrations perfectly.
WEDDING SONGS/FIRST DANCE: “I Think I Love” by Jamie Cullum – the lyrics seemed apt to our relationship!
SOURCES OF INSPIRATION: I received a Brides magazine subscription as an engagement present from my friends so we got lots of ideas from flicking through the pages! I also really liked “Snippet and Ink” blog too.
A MEMORABLE MOMENT: After the ceremony had finished Nick and I were driven to the reception in a vintage Bentley. I remember sitting in the car thinking “we did it!” and it being just the two of us, both examining our rings and calling each other “wifey” and “hubby” at any available opportunity!
BEST ADVICE FOR PLANNING A WEDDING/TO BRIDES: Best advice would be not to panick! Whilst it seems like there is a lot to do it will all come together in the end. There is only so much you can do in advance so don’t worry, go with the flow and it will all be alright on the night.